How to Budget Effectively for 2017
Everybody can enjoy a fulfilling and fruitful year without having to spend a lot in 2017, but you need to be ahead of yourself in terms of managing your finances in order to really see the benefits of your savings.
There are so many ways that you can be frugal and save in order to reach your goals, but there are also some tips and tricks that can help you along the way. You don’t need to go without essentials, and especially not with treats for yourself if you don’t want to – it’s all about getting the balance right. A champagne lifestyle cannot be achieved if you are living on a beer income – at least, that’s how the saying goes.
Budget Your Outgoings
It’s an obvious one, but it does make sense. Don’t just set yourself a limit on what you can spend, though- set yourself a particular limit on what you can spend on. If you are budgeting a set amount to spend on food, think about only certain types of food that you can buy with it and shop around. It could help you achieve a healthier lifestyle and teach you serious life lessons about value and what you can get for your money if you shop around.
Pay Off Your Loan … With a Loan
As previously mentioned, shop around for the best deals; this isn’t necessarily for something that you can have physically in your hand, but instead a cheaper option. By taking out a loan with a lower interest rate, or choosing a credit card with a 0% APR set term, you can pay off your existing loan and transfer it over – often paying a lower rate if you get the right deal. Look around for information on quick loans and choose one that suits your budget with some excess – then save the leftover that you have. Make sure that any loan you get is affordable and can be repaid efficiently to afford damage to your credit rating or any other losses.
Move Back In
If you are renting, chances are that you can’t easily save up for something more long-term – like a mortgage. Moving out of the parental home can bring extra costs with it, but if you are still on good terms with them and they’ll allow it, suggest moving back in for a while so you can save up a reasonable deposit. If they charge you to live there, chances are it won’t be as much as the rent that you are currently paying – and if they let you live there rent-free, then you will be well on your way to achieving your goal.
To be more focused on achieving a sizeable amount, you need to remember that it will not come quickly – unless you have funds injected into your bank account from another source. Don’t fret about the time scale it takes to get there – just concentrate on getting there without putting yourself into more debt and the rest will work its